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Where to go for infant ear piercing?

Wondering where i might get my infant daughters ears pierced. I have looked into claires but i am wanting to hear about others thoughts and experiences first Thanks

This is also not a debate about whether infants should or shouldnt get their ears pierced negative comments are not welcome. Tia

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  1. Ginny Wiebe Ginny Wiebe says:

    I’ve heard many times that Merle Norman is the place to go.

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  2. I believe Ritualistics will do with a needle if they are younger than 8 months.

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  3. I would NOT go to a place where they use piercing guns. Those things can not be cleaned. I don’t know if certified piercers at tattoo shops will do an infant, and if they don’t, you would be better off to wait until your baby is a little older and take her to someone who is certified. It is cleaner, which means safer, to have it done this way rather than risk infection and inexperience from a ‘mall employee’ with no training who is using unsanitary equipment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XflW1KGd15Q

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  4. Anywhere that uses a gun is a big no-no.

    You’re best bet is actual piercing studios. But a lot of places won’t do babies because they can’t consent.

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  5. why would you pierce an infants ear?

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    • Amanda Nic Amanda Nic says:

      I did my sons when he was young

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    • just my personal opinion, dont agree with it for an infant

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    • My mom had mine done when i was a baby and im glad she did. I love wearing earings but dont think i would have the guts to do it as an adult

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    • Carla Sitko Carla Sitko says:

      I wish my mom would have done it when I was a baby. I was too chicken to get them done but wanted them so badly! Finally went when I was 13 haha

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    • I’m so glad my mom didn’t. I didn’t have them done until 14 and now I don’t even wear earrings. And just have an ugly set of holes left. I’ll never pierce my daughters ears until she is old enough to make the decision. Infants aren’t dolls for us to dress up and pierce

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    • i agree totally Leslie

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    • Kerry Lynn Kerry Lynn says:

      I did my daughter’s because it’s less likely to reject or have issues when they’re so young. It was a breeze to care for and she never played with them. My niece on the other hand was 12 when she asked for it and for a month nothing but problems. She played with them, the got crazy infected because she wasn’t looking after them properly and ended up ha ing to let them grow in. I’ve had several gfs tell the same story. The girls were way more traumatized than my 6 month old was. She’s 3 now and loves her earings. She’s got rocks like mommy.

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    • Sarah Ford Sarah Ford says:

      I got my daughter’s ears pierced she didn’t even cry. She was 3 1/2 months old. She loves them and shes 2 yrs old now and absolutely adores picking out neat looking earrings with characters and Elsa earrings. She doesn’t seem traumatized at all.

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    • My mom got mine done when I was little and had nothing but issues because she went to a place that used a gun. I let them heal over the best I could and had them redone by a professional piercers and have never had an issue since. Will never get another piercing with a gun and neither will any of my kids

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    • Sarah Ford Sarah Ford says:

      That’s great. The point is this mom asked for suggestions and specifically stated she wasn’t interested in people’s stupid opinions.

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  6. I went to the place in Londonderry across from dollar tree. I forget the name but they did a good job.

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  7. Amanda Nic Amanda Nic says:

    Go to a tat shop!!!!!

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  8. I personally waited until my girls were old enough to ask to have it done.

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  9. Most reputable shops won’t touch a baby. Why? Because they’re too young! Please do not go anywhere that uses a gun if you are going to do it. I would research physical trauma on infants before going ahead

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  10. Merle Norman in Southgate.

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  11. Merle Norman. ask them to do both ears at the same time. before you go use a gel/ cream (u can get at any pharmacy) for numbing. it helps.

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  12. I would recommend I tattoo shop. They are trained for it and everything is sterilized professionally.

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  13. I don’t understand this need for parents to “own” their child. Infants are human beings who should have the right to make informed decisions for themselves when they’re mature enough to do so.

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  14. For those interested – you should never get your ears (or any body part) pierced with a gun at any age. There are far too many inherent risks. Always go to a place that uses piercing needles. https://www.safepiercing.org/safe_piercing.php#guns

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  15. Where’s the best place to go to get unsolicited, judgemental parenting advice? Shoutout Edmonton!

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  16. Go to a tattoo shop. Piercing guns are so unsanitary.

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  17. Ha! Like this wouldn’t become a debate lol.

    Ok first those that say don’t use guns well you can’t go and get it done anyother way no one will not use guns on a child.

    Second my baby got hers done at Clair’s they did good and she’s fine..both my daughters are but one was done in a small town.

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  18. Do NOT go where they use guns. Spend the time and find a piercer who will do baby’s ears and has piercings themselves. Also unsure they have an autoclave to clean the multiuse supplies and that they come out of individual packaging.

    Gun piercings are not clean, those guns can’t be cleaned properly. They damage skin and rip it, bruising the area. They also take twice as long to heal.

    A proper piercing with the needle doesn’t hurt as bad, is sterile, heals quicker it pierces the skin and doesn’t traumatize the area surrounding.

    Always go to a shop. You will find one that will do baby ears.

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  19. A tattoo shop. Never get your ears pierced with a gun.

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  20. I took my 3 month old to Merle Norman at WEM. I’d go there again. NOT Claire’s.

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  21. Ruth Chalk Ruth Chalk says:

    A piercing professional…. do not go to a place that uses guns

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  22. Dragon FX is where I got my girls done ! They were great no infection and they healed fully in 3 weeks 🙂

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  23. Piercing guns have been used for too many years to count. The piercing guns are reused…but each cartridge with the piercing earrings in them, the part that actually comes into contact with the ears, is completely 100% sealed till just before they are placed into the piercing gun to then pierce the ear. As anyone who has had their ears pierced or seen it done, it’s not like blood splatters everywhere or even drips onto the piercing gun. And even tho the gun does not ever touch the ear, they are still wiped down with antiseptic wipe before and after every single use. Those guns are probably cleaner than a 100 things you come into contact with every day. Having said that, I still would not recommend Claire’s, not for sanitary reasons but for lack of training. And while I do not have an opinion either way on whether or not a parent should make the choice for an infant, infants are easier to pierce and more likely to get straight piercings. Once they are holding their own head up and start moving around…it’s almost impossible to get the first ear done and seldom is the second successful as now the child is in pain and wanting to get away from piercers. If you are doing a child that is anywhere from 6 months to 3 or 4, insist that there are two piercers and do then both at the same time.

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  24. April Hills April Hills says:

    I just took my 5 year old to Claire’s to get hers done. I was hesitant because I’ve always had my piercings done in a tattoo parlour so I know the ins and outs. They sanitized everything including their gloves. We got both ears pierced at the same time and were both healed a week later I was actually quite impressed.

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  25. Joe Cutting Joe Cutting says:

    Don’t go to anywhere that uses a gun

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  26. Gonna pierce my daughters eyebrow…. should I go to the piercer? She’s only 1.. jk…. as I get older, I realize my daughter never ever wanted her ears pierced but it’s real rank if you can’t ask her opinion. She’s 21. Glad i never got them done!!

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  27. Please DO NOT go to claires they aren’t trained professionals. I recommend Merle Norman

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  28. Ken Gowler Ken Gowler says:

    Check with your local Child and Family Services. They will have an approved list of baby piercing parlours.

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  29. Joan Nord Joan Nord says:

    I got my son’s ear pierced at 10 yrs old because he asked. He ended up in the hospital with a severe infection.

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  30. Go to a tattoo parlour. No guns. I was lucky, in that all of my 6 ear piercings done with guns are all okay. My mom had one, and it messed her up for her entire life.

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  31. Jill Turner Jill Turner says:

    Claire’s and Merle Norman are about the only places that will do them anymore. Tattoo parlours generally won’t even touch a child’s ears until the child can ask for it done themselves.

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  32. If you ultimately decide to go with a place in the mall, like Claire’s or Merle Norman, the best thing you can do is ask for either a Store Manager to perform the piercing, or at the very least, find out how much experience the person has. The more experience your piercer has, particularly with babies, the better the process will be. Piercing infants requires a different temperament and approach than other age groups.

    Please don’t go to a hair salon or jewelry store for this. Places such as People’s, Shoppers, etc. usually only have certain people able to perform piercings in the first place, and less experience overall.

    I have been doing this for several years, and these are the tips I can provide:

    – Please consider the pros and cons to piercing infants. While the biggest reason parents choose to do it so early is to get it ‘over and done with’, that is not always the best thing for the future. One thing many people don’t realize is that at the time, the piercings will be in the correct spot and look perfect, but as the ears and lobes grow, the placement between the two can look uneven. We have no way of knowing how the lobes will take shape as the child gets older, and this is one of the reasons why some people have uneven piercings as they grow up. Ears are rarely symmetrical to each other, this is something people don’t really notice unless there’s a huge difference. It doesn’t happen to everyone of course, but it should be something to consider.

    – Depending on the age (say under a year), your best bet is NOT to have them done at the same time (two different piercers, one on each side). It can be very hard to get the right placement and angle with a baby because they don’t understand and have the ability to hold still. You run the risk of slightly uneven piercings that way. If you have an experienced piercer, doing it one at a time is just as easy as a ‘double’.

    – As I’ve already said, if it’s an infant, you want the most experienced piercer possible. Those who have performed piercings on multiple babies know what to expect, don’t hesitate, and are better able to assist the parents through the process. Don’t be afraid to ask for the most experienced.

    – If you want to use a numbing cream, go for it, but honestly, it isn’t going to have a huge impact. 99% of the time, an infant will cry with a piercing no matter what you do. Those creams are not as effective as people think.

    – If you’re not prepared to help during the process, if it’s something you’re not sure you can even see, you’ll need to reassess. Many parents have a hard time with the idea of their child being in pain (totally understandable), but we need their help when piercing an infant. A good indication can be how people reacted during vaccines. Sometimes bringing an extra person, who isn’t afraid to hold the infant and follow the piercer’s directions, is a good idea if someone is worried they won’t be able to handle it.

    Where you choose to go, and whether you decide on an instrument vs a needle, etc. is a personal choice. You’re going to hear the good and bad with any type. There’s no real ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ here, every situation and person is different. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions as well OP!

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    • Sarah Ford Sarah Ford says:

      Good suggestions. I got my DD done and she didn’t cry at all. She was 3 1/2 months old.

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    • Kim Bodurka Kim Bodurka says:

      Thanks for the info because I’ve been debating doing my 5 month old daughters. I think I’ll wait. Good info

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    • Sarah Ford its always great when they don’t! It’s definitely a rarity but nice to see, I’m glad it went well for you guys. The good thing about infants and crying is usually once they’re free from being restrained they tend to stop pretty quickly (and once the piercer is out of their view!).

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    • Kim Bodurka if you’re on the fence, I’d definitely say to wait and think about it some more. You have plenty of time to do it. There’s pros and cons to any age group, but the most important thing is you feel good about the decision.

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  33. Call around to jewellery stores. That’s where I got my daughter’s done when she was a baby. The one we went to though doesn’t do it no more 🙁
    A lot of places don’t do babies ears anymore. It’s really hit and miss.

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  34. Kerry Lynn Kerry Lynn says:

    I got my daughter’s done at Claire’s in the south common, she was 6 months old. They did a great job. Easiest way to clean them is to give baby Epsom salts baths and give a little turn. Just be sure to put a little fresh water over the lobe to wash off the salt. We had no issues at all, healed quickly.

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  35. Do not get it done with a gun. My daughter developed severe scar tissue . I would also recommend doing it under 6 months or over the age of 10…kids in between pick at it too much.

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  36. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    My friend took her baby to Merle Norman and was very happy.

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  37. I got my daughters pierced at Merle Norman in west ed. She was 3 months old, she’s almost 2 now and has never had an issue with them.

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  38. Tara Adams Tara Adams says:

    Go some where that will do both piercings at once.. Merle Norman..will do both ears at the same time.

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  39. We took my daughter to Merle Norman in Southgate when she was about 9 months or so. Very good experience!! She did cry of course, but was more upset at being held still, than the piercing. She stopped crying as soon as she was free to wiggle again. For that reason I’d say get it done quite early on, or wait till over a year. Unless your daughter isn’t too squirmy Lol!

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  40. Lexci Krahn Lexci Krahn says:

    I’m a professional body piercer of 16 years.
    I used to do infant earlobe piercings (with a one time use, sterile needle and implant grade jewelry) but I found that the babies don’t like it at all. Like many other professional piercers, we do believe that forcing a baby to have an unnecessary injury in the name of fashion is something we’d rather not do.

    That being said, I pierce little kids all day! I offer kids’ lobe piercing for kids 4 years old and up. If the kid is ready for their set of earrings, I happily do it and we make a really positive experience for them.

    Yes it’s scary and takes a bit more time, but I really love being part of what is often a child’s first big decision they get to make about their body.
    It teaches a nice lesson in fairness and consent and also in responsibility.

    Furthermore, having a piercing done by a professional piercer ensures placement, aftercare and quality are in check.

    Piercing guns snap a one-size-fits-all stud into the lobe tissue with a blunt force. This causes a lot of scarring, swelling and very often the jewelry becomes painfully embedded in the lobe.

    Piercing guns also do not utilize a biocompatible quality of jewelry. OFten just surgical steel or a nickel based gold. *Implant grade steel or titanium* is industry standard. (and really, not every body piercer uses it so make sure to do your homework!)

    And lastly, aftercare given (a Benzalkonium Chloride solution, rubbing alcohol or peroxide and rotation of the jewelry is terrible.

    My professional suggestion is to wait for a reputable piercer to pierce your kids when the time is right for everyone 🙂
    Fee free to give me a call at Red Loon Tattoo & Piercing

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  41. Jill Norris Jill Norris says:

    Ritualistics all the way! It’s a tattoo/piercing studio on the west end. I got my three month old’s ears done there and am about to get my other daughters done there as well….the experience went smoothly and I highly recommend them. Noni is the best! Pm me if you have any other questions!

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  42. Find a professional piercer that will do it the proper way with a needle not a gun that will destroy the ear

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  43. Daniel Viau Daniel Viau says:

    Alyssa Marie Kasha at Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio & Day SPA got u

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    • Daniel Viau Daniel Viau says:

      Or wait Alyssa what location lmao

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    • Hello! I work at the St. Albert location.

      We are certified estheticians and have been trained to use the INVERNESS system. As an esthetician, I am trained in proper sanitation/sterilization as part of my job comes into contact with clients skin.

      Ear piercing is one of our main services at our shop, and all employees have 3-7 years experience with piercing.

      With the INVERNESS system, we use piercing earrings, meaning the posts on these earrings are sharp. The earrings are preloaded into a sealed container in a one time use cartridge. The earring cartridge is placed onto the pusher. It is similar to the gun, however it is HAND POWERED only, as opposed to the spring powered guns that were on the market years ago (spring powered guns are impossible to properly sanitize and can cause trauma to the earlobe/cartilage). The one time use cartridge is the only object that comes in contact with the earlobe.

      We wipe the lobes with alcohol and mark the dots to make sure they are even. The dots are marked by aligning the cartilage crease to the centre of the earlobe.

      Depending on age, we can pierce both ears at the same time, if it’s for an infant it’s easier to pierce one at a time.

      You may purchase a numbing cream called “Emla” and can be purchased at any pharmacy (we do not provide)
      Apply a generous amount and leave on for 45 minutes for it to take full effect.

      If you have anymore questions or concerns, feel free to call us at our shop @ 780 651 3700, we’d be happy to help! 🙂

      Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios
      Unit # 120
      2B Hebert Road
      St.Albert

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  44. I did both my daughter’s at Beaners in Sherwood park but have heard great things about Merle Norman as well.

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  45. People need to stop going to Claire’s for their kids eat piercing. It’s so unhygienic.

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  46. I had my ears pierced several times with a gun. Once I think as an infant and a couple as a bit older child. Today, with the amount of scar tissue built up in my ears I cannot wear earrings and my ear lobes constantly bother me. I wish I had had a say in it as a child. I wish I could have had my ears done properly with a sterile needle instead of a “sanitized” gun.

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  47. For me with two daughters and a son, when they became teens I let them choose…as I myself had to wait until I was a teen. So Mom and I together went and got my ears pierced when I was thirteen. A memory I will always treasure…:) Personally I would not pierce a baby…but that is just me…

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